Alix Adams of A Ruffled Life absolutely loves transforming her home with holiday decorations. To get her started on this year’s Christmas decorating, we invited Alix to take part in our Holiday Style Challenge, then sent her a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations along with a Home Depot gift card.
Alix used supplies from The Home Depot, including crates and burlap, to create festive front door decorations that look like oversized Christmas presents.
Read on for her holiday crate decorations tutorial.
This year I teamed up with The Home Depot and their Holiday Style Challenge to create some fun, holiday crate decorations for my porch! With some simple wood crate boxes and a little creativity I created two versions of a front porch gift box as decorations. This craft is pretty simple and the best part is you can find all of the supplies at The Home Depot.
DIY Outdoor Crate Holiday Decorations
- Wood crates
- Sheet metal
- Permanent marker
- Multi-purpose snip pliers
- A staple gun and staples
- Spray paint in white
- Red paint in sample size
- Sponge brush
- Burlap wrap
The Sheet Metal
Next, take the snip pliers, and cut out the marked square on the sheet metal. This can be kind of tricky, so take your time. Also, cut sheet metal can be sharp so I recommend using gloves to protect your hands.
Then grab that cut square of sheet metal and place it on the crate side, making sure it is evenly placed. Use the staple gun and staples to staple the sheet metal to the crate. Repeat Steps 1 through 3 with the other sides of the crate.
Now it’s time to paint! Place your crate in an area that is paint-safe. I painted mine in my garage on a painter’s drop cloth with the garage open for ventilation. Coat your crate with the white spray paint. It took me three coats of spray paint to cover it completely. I let each coat dry before applying another.
Once your crate is dry, add a burlap bow to make a gift box impact!
Maybe sheet metal isn’t really your thing? That’s totally fine! I did another simpler version of this porch gift box using only crates and paint! For the candy-cane striped boxes here are your steps:
Paint the crate white with white spray paint. Allow at least 30 minutes to dry.
With the red paint and paintbrush, add red stripes to every-other slat on the crate. Allow time to dry completely!
And for the final step (the same as Step 5 above) add a burlap bow! With some crate gift boxes your porch is already on its way to a more festive and cheery holiday season!
Alix Adams has always been a maker-doer. On her blog A Ruffled Life, Alix writes about crafts, entertaining, raising a family and life in general. She lives with her husband and two children near Salt Lake City. You can check out Alix’s 3 Tips for a Welcoming Outdoor Living Space from our Patio Style Challenge.
You can find additional inspirational blog posts by checking out our Holiday Style Challenge. Also be sure to follow our Holiday Style Challenge board on Pinterest, for more Christmas decorating ideas. Take a look, too, at our blog post, Christmas Mailbox Decorations: Burlap and Greenery.
The Home Depot has everything you need to decorate for Christmas in our Holiday Decorations Department.